Former Status Quo drummer pays a visit to schools in Lowestoft

Former Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich visiting St Margaret's Primary in Lowestoft to do a music worksh

Former Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich visiting St Margaret's Primary in Lowestoft to do a music workshop with the pupils.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

He was part of one of the most famous rock bands of all time, touring the globe and performing hits including 'Rockin' All Over The World' and 'The Wanderer'.

Jeff Rich visits Woods Loke Primary School. Picture: Mick Howes

Jeff Rich visits Woods Loke Primary School. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

But recently, two schools in Lowestoft were in for a treat as former Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich paid a visit – and allowed many of them to experience live music for the first time.

Jeff Rich has travelled the world, touring with one of the most successful rock bands for more than 16 years.

But Lowestoft was the latest venue on his touring schedule as he engaged with pupils at St Margaret's Primary Academy on Church Road last on Thursday, November 26.

Mr Rich had lunch with the children – ranging from year three to year six age groups – before revealing the history of the drum. This included how it developed from Africa right through to the modern snare drum.

There was then the chance for Mr Rich to explain how his current drum kit works and the children could join in after being given a number of smaller percussion instruments.

Mr Rich brought about 200 pieces of percussion as part of the learning masterclass.

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The pupils and staff were then fortunate enough to hear a drum solo from Mr Rich to show how versatile the kit can be.

Pupils in years one and two then joined the session, where Mr Rich played some live music and gave them some background into his performing life, where some of the teachers could remember the distinctive sound of the band.

Becky Field, head of music at the school, said: 'There was a sense of amazement amongst the students and it was a great opportunity for them.

'It was the perfect opportunity for the young children to be enriched with live music.

'They were watching a world class professional perform, there was a real buzz around the school.'

The year-three to year-six pupils at Woods Loke Primary School also experienced a visit from Mr Rich. They had been learning Status Quo's iconic hit song, which they performed in front of Jeff Rich as he drummed along to their rendition last Friday.

Headteacher, Mark Prentice, said: 'It has been good to inspire the children. It is part of the musical curriculum to perform in front of a large audience.

'It has really encouraged children to take up learning an instrument,' Mr Prentice added. 'We had lots of requests from parents for autographs or to come and watch.'

Former Status Quo drummer Mr Rich said: 'Music has been pushed down the curriculum. Every child in this country should learn an instrument.'

The pupils each had a turn at trying out some percussion instruments and drums as they joined in a collective improvisation.

Staff at the school on Butley Drive also got involved – as they danced along to the performance.